A quick digest of the coolest weekend happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, August 30
Wontonmeen is a hostel that’s hosted a slew of small and intimate jazz nights, and this weekend they’re back with another session. If you’re in the mood for experimental jazz, local pianist Bowen Li will be performing with drummer Almond Yeung and double bassist Lui Ngao Yuen.
8:15pm at XS, G/F 135 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon. Free.
If you want to start your weekend with a bit of disco music, then good news: The soul train is here. The South Canton Soul Train, that is. Music will be provided by DJ and producer Fergus Heathcote, who’ll present an “intercontinental journey” through time, connecting the dots between Canton funk, Laos boogie, Seoul soul, Japanese, city pop, Italo disco, and classic house. As it’s disco-themed, dress code will be disco, 60s, 70s, 80s, cheongsams and birthday suits. Prizes will be awarded to the night’s best-dressed. To attend, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance tickets are HK$180, but will cost slightly more at the door.
10pm to 3am at Little Su, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central. HK$180 (advance).
This nine-day event, “dedicated to celebrating the power and beauty of women,” will feature discussions on themes about the lives, experiences and perspectives of a diverse pool of women. There are sessions on dating, parenting, how to make your own face mask, and even how to write your own prenup. Events of note include Yummy Gummy, a special exhibition featuring work by seven local female artists whose works reflect on gender moulds and stereotypes we are so often forced into, and the possibility of resistance; the Hong Kong premier of Body Talk, a documentary which features conversations with 30 different women about their private experiences with their body; and an improv dance workshop called “Be Water.” Proceeds from ticketing income will go to Rainlily, a local crisis center for female victims of sexual violence, and for some of the events in the program, all net proceeds will go to a specific NGO.
12pm until Sunday, September 1 at Tomorrow Maybe, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon. Free, but some events are ticketed.
The Karin Weber Gallery will be hosting this exhibition which features work by six local Hong Kong artists presented in a briefcase. Each artist has chosen a vintage briefcase to create a unique piece of artwork, each one imbued with a sense of character and history passed down through the generations from picnic briefcases to one that has been transformed into a portable vinyl record player. This is your last chance to catch this exhibition.
11am-7pm until Saturday, August 31 at Karin Weber Gallery, 20 Aberdeen Street, Central, SOHO. Free.
Saturday, August 31
Craft beer and art come together at this festival, which will feature the most inventive craft beers from 11 craft breweries in Asia and beyond. Local names like Young Master and Yardley Brothers (who are hosting the event) will feature alongside other craft breweries from around the world like Mikkeller (Denmark), Heart of Darkness (Vietnam), and Moondog (Australia). Some original works of art that reflect the spirit of these breweries will be on display.
2pm to 9pm at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty. HK$600 (full day), HK$350 (half day sessions 2pm to 5pm or 5:30pm to 9pm).
New-Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter Jordan Rakei will be kicking off the weekend with some soulful, jazz and hip hop-infused tunes. Notable hits from Rakei include the 2017 song Wallflower, Wildfire, and Mind’s Eye.
7:30pm at This Town Needs, 1/F, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street. HK$350.
Kowloon Union Church is an interdenominational Christian church that serves the city’s homeless and refugee communities. It will be hosting a fundraising event and serving up feast of Egyptian cuisine with a menu that includes lentil soup, a spinach cheese pie called fatayer, beef kofta kebab, and eggplant moussaka. RSVP through the link above to reserve a spot.
7pm to 9pm at KUC Space, Kowloon Union Church, 2 Jordan Road, Kowloon. HK$250.
Tattoos, fresh haircuts, food and booze will be on offer at this event by Holy Eats. Flash tattoos will be HK$500 a stab, men’s cuts are HK$160 each, and free beer is first come first serve until the keg runs out, then HK$30 a swig.
12pm to 5pm at, Holy Eats, 23 Elgin Street, Central. Free
Thought Crimes of Grindelwald was a disappointment? Don’t worry, you can see one of the better Wizarding World films Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on a high-definition giant screen accompanied by a live orchestra playing John Williams’ soaring film score. The film is the third installment of the Harry Potter series and follows Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts after wanted criminal Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban prison.
7:30pm at, Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon. HK$680 to HK$1,280 (adult) HK$680 (wheelchair).
Bring out your inner material girl at this ’80s Madonna-themed disco brunch. In true brunch fashion, there will be a Bloody Mary tower, and an ’80s “dessert station.” To book, email email@example.com or call +852 2811 1152.
12pm to 3pm at Tokyo Lima Hong Kong, 18 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central. HK398 (per person) HK$180 (free flow).
Funky Chinese kitchen Ho Lee Fook will be celebrating its fifth birthday this weekend with a night of break dancing, hip hop, live graffiti, lion dancing, and free-flow drinks. For bookings and inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
10pm to 2am at Ho Lee Fook, 1-5 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central. HK$388.
Sunday, September 1
This exhibition shows the work of five Hong Kong comic book artists and two groups of comics professionals, who are all passionate about building imaginary worlds in their works. Other than reading the comics, visitors can attend public talks and special sessions, as overseas comics artists and comics professionals are invited to host seminars and activities.
10am-6pm until September 3 at Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. Free.
Since January 22, 2019, Hong Kong-based artist Rachel Smith has been filling one matchbox per day with a “visual commentary of the past 24 hours” — imagine a sort of micro-diorama. The project began as a coping mechanism for her growing anxiety and the panic attacks she started experiencing around the start of the year. The project was only meant to last 30 days, but Smith soon passed that mark, and the result is a visual diary in novel form. You can check out some of the matchboxes here.
10am to 7pm until September 29 at H307, Veranda, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central. Free.
As Tai Kwun approaches its one year anniversary, it will be displaying 101 objects related to its previous life as the Central Police Station.
11am to 8pm until Thursday, September 22 at Duplex Studio LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 01 & Site-wide, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Free.
Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist known for blurring the line between high and low art, and blending Japanese artistic traditions with post-war Japanese culture and society. Tai Kwun Contemporary presents this exhibition which will feature over 60 paintings and sculptures, from his large-scale post-apocalyptic works to his optimistic flower pieces to his contemplative Enso paintings, offering Buddhist visions of enlightenment. This exhibition will also showcase some of Murakami’s iconic and outlandish costume designs, which visitors will experience alongside other important video works, samples from his private art collection, and Murakami’s spectacular wall and floor art, which delivers a forceful yet complex visual impact.
10:30am to 7pm until Sunday, September 1 at Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. HK$75 (general, walk in) HK$60 (general, advance) HK$55 (concession, walk in) HK$45 (concession, advance).
Read more of Coconuts Hong Kong’s Lifestyle news and features here.